In order to enhance the academic experience associated with Brooks Residential College, at least one graduate student is invited annually to join the college as part of a formal Graduate Fellowship Program. The Graduate Tutor is provided with a room (bathroom en suite) and a meal plan. In return, he or she fulfills formal responsibilities in support of undergraduate academic pursuits, and he or she also is informally available for interaction with undergraduates over meals and at a variety of college functions. Our current Graduate Fellowship is designated for a role entitled Research Tutor for Arts and Letters (commonly referred to as “Graduate Tutor").
The Graduate Fellows Program in Brooks Residential College is offered inasmuch as:
residential college best practices include the presence of and contributions by graduate students;
undergraduates in the college will benefit from academic assistance in the areas of arts/letters; and
graduate members of the college will benefit from connections with undergraduates under the mentorship of faculty members.
The Research Tutor for Arts and Letters has formal responsibilities that involve:
developing a positive rapport with college members through accessibility, personal interest, and regular conversation
publicizing effectively the teaching/learning opportunities that are planned for the college
serving as a liaison to the college council’s academic/arts committee
keeping regular office hours (ten hours/week) in a designated space within the college (including some evening hours);
meeting with undergraduates in connection with assigned research projects in arts and letters;
consulting with undergraduates about strengths and weaknesses in their research methodologies, the quality, use, and citation of primary and secondary sources; and the integration of their own analysis and argument with outside sources;
assisting undergraduates in identifying and utilizing appropriate reference librarians in connection with their work;
teaching undergraduates the marks of artful, cogent, and eloquent writing;
helping undergraduates acquire the skills and habits of effective proofreading;
communicating with course instructors about consultative sessions with students; and
providing weekly reports to the college master. In addition, it is expected that he/she will be informally involved in the life of the college through routine presence at college meals/events.
Lindsay Fenton grew up in Fresno, California and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English and a minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Before coming to Baylor, she taught English as a foreign language and middle-school language arts in the United Arab Emirates. She is now in her third year of Baylor’s PhD program in English. Within that program, she is pursuing the Religion and Literature concentration. Her research interests include the Victorian novel, literary responses to challenges to traditional Christian claims, and literary Realism and Naturalism. Lindsay is thankful for the Brooks community and its emphasis on the integration of spiritual, intellectual, and moral development. As Graduate Tutor, she strives to live out that integrity and encourages students to do the same. While she realizes that the relationship between this or that essay and the eternal truths of Jesus Christ are not always immediately apparent, she hopes that the academic skills students develop in the JCR will ultimately help them in their quest “to live meaningful lives by learning to know and love our Creator, ourselves, and our community"(Brooks Community Covenant).